Heart Wisdom with Jack Kornfield

Heart Wisdom with Jack Kornfield

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The Jack Kornfield Heart Wisdom hour celebrates Jack’s ability to mash up his long established Buddhist practices with many other mystical traditions, revealing the poignancy of life’s predicaments and the path to finding freedom from self-interest, self-judgment and unhappiness.


98 – Timeless Awareness and the Mystery of Identity
Sep 6 • 63 min
Who are we? In this dharma talk, Jack explores the mystery of identity and how meditation can open you up to the freedom of resting in timeless awareness.
97 - The First Noble Truth
Aug 15 • 43 min
Jack explores the concept of dukkha, which is the Buddha’s First Noble Truth, and how we can open our hearts to all the joy and suffering of our incarnation.
96 – An Homage to Goenka
Jul 29 • 55 min
In this special episode of the Heart Wisdom Podcast, Jack Kornfield honors the life and wisdom of his early Vipassana teacher, S.N. Goenka. S.N. Goenka was a pioneer in making Vipassana meditation widely available to a secular audience. Over 170…
95 - Poetry in Dharma with Alison Luterman
Jul 3 • 69 min
Poet Alison Luterman joins Jack for a beautiful duet as the two take turns reading poetry and talking about the power of words and creativity.
94 – The Dharma of Climate Change
Jun 13 • 76 min
With an open heart and clear vision, Jack talks about the difficult subject of climate change, our deep connection to the natural world, and how we can make a difference with love and compassion.
93 – Mindfulness, Identity, and Incarnation
May 23 • 60 min
In this dharma talk, Jack uses the topic of identity as a lens to understand the practice of mindfulness and explore the beautiful mystery of this incarnation.
92 – Stories That Open the Mind, Mend the Heart and Lead to Joy
May 2 • 63 min
In this episode of the Heart Wisdom Podcast Jack Kornfield shares stories that open the mind, mend the heart and lead us to joy.
91 – Living with a Peaceful Heart
Apr 11 • 58 min
Jack Kornfield gives a beautiful dharma talk about the quality of equanimity and how this ever-changing world needs people whose hearts are at peace.
90 – Healing Through Loving Awareness
Mar 21 • 67 min
In this talk, Jack Kornfield shares wisdom on the quality of mindful loving awareness that brings both healing and liberation.
89 – Searching Inside Yourself w/ Chade-Meng Tan
Feb 28 • 63 min
Jack is joined on stage by Chade-Meng Tan for an exploration of how spiritual practice and the search inside ourselves can guide us through our human predicament. Chade-Meng Tan (Meng) is an award-winning engineer, international bestselling author,…
88 - Realizing, Overcoming, Liberating
Feb 8 • 60 min
This time on the Heart Wisdom Podcast, Jack Kornfield shares teachings from The Buddha about the process of realizing, overcoming and liberating that comes from mindfulness practice.
87 – Uncovering Life’s Beauty with Poetry & Art
Jan 17 • 61 min
Jack Kornfield reflects on the beauty of life and the true nature of the Self that is revealed through poetry and art.
86 – Entering with an Awakened Heart
Dec 28, 2018 • 59 min
In this episode of the Heart Wisdom Podcast, Jack shares what the story of the bodhisattva Vimalakirti can teach us about meeting the difficulties of life with an awakened heart.
85 – Enlightenments
Dec 6, 2018 • 34 min
This week on the Heart Wisdom Podcast, Jack looks at the many enlightenments that each of us is capable of and explores why the possibility of liberation is such a taboo in many circles.
84 – Tag Team Dharma with Sylvia Boorstein
Nov 15, 2018 • 61 min
Jack Kornfield shares a conversation with Sylvia Boorstein around taking the Bodhisattva vow and staying in touch with our Buddha nature as we navigate our journey of awakening. Listen here:…
83 – A Story of Inspiration and Wisdom
Oct 26, 2018 • 61 min
Jack shares the story of the Buddha’s final days and teachings, a story of inspiration and wisdom that offers a bigger picture of our place in things. Find show notes and resources here:…
82 – Respect for All
Oct 4, 2018 • 63 min
This time on the Heart Wisdom Podcast, Jack examines the inner beauty and liberation that comes from cultivating respect for all beings. Find show notes and resources here: https://beherenownetwork.com/jack-kornfield-ep-82-respect-for-all/
81 - Fostering Creativity
Sep 15, 2018 • 43 min
Jack Kornfield explores the liberation available when we cultivate our creativity through the practices of an open heart. Find show notes and links here: https://beherenownetwork.com/jack-kornfield-ep-81-creativity/
80 – Big Sky Meditation
Aug 23, 2018 • 35 min
This week on the Heart Wisdom Podcast, Jack introduces us to a particularly beautiful practice, known as the Big Sky Meditation, that guides us into a quality of presence that is entered through the doorway of sound. Find show notes and links here:…
79 - Remembering Ajahn Chah
Aug 2, 2018 • 64 min
On this special episode of the Heart Wisdom Podcast, Jack reflects on the life and teachings of his teacher Ajahn Chah. Find show notes and links for this episode here: https://beherenownetwork.com/jack-kornfield-ep-79-Ajahn Chah
78 - Nachiketa and the Lord of Death
Jul 12, 2018 • 64 min
On this episode of the Heart Wisdom Podcast, Jack shares the adventure of Nachiketa and the Lord of Death and examines the lessons it has to teach about our own journey of awakening.
77 - Path of Inner Development
Jun 22, 2018 • 35 min
In this talk, Jack looks at how the path of inner development can help us navigate life’s difficulties.
76 - The Three Gateways to Freedom
May 30, 2018 • 61 min
This week, Jack gives a talk exploring the different dimensions of mindfulness as gateways to freedom.
75 - Opening to Generosity
May 10, 2018 • 45 min
Jack examines what happens when we open ourselves to generosity through sharing our gifts and by receiving the kindness of others gracefully.
74 – The Heart of Compassion
Apr 19, 2018 • 25 min
This time on the Heart Wisdom Podcast, Jack invites us to explore the quality of the awakened heart known as Metta.
73 - The Garden of the Heart
Mar 28, 2018 • 60 min
On this episode of the Heart Wisdom Podcast, Jack looks at the way we tend to the garden of the heart with mindfulness and meditation practice.
72 – Exploring the Eightfold Path
Mar 8, 2018 • 58 min
In this episode of the Heart Wisdom Podcast, Jack explores the liberation offered by the Noble Eightfold Path.
71 - The Essence of Buddhist Psychology: Cultivating Loving Awareness
Feb 14, 2018 • 47 min
Jack Kornfield continues with part two of his Essence of Buddhist Psychology series by examining the quality of compassion necessary to cultivate mindfulness and loving awareness.
70 - The Essence of Buddhist Psychology: Part One
Jan 25, 2018 • 49 min
This week Jack begins a multi-part series that explores the essence of Buddhist psychology. Jack’s teaching looks at how Buddhist psychology can help us live amidst the reality of impermanence by cultivating inner peace and equanimity.
69 - A Foundation of Resolve
Jan 4, 2018 • 59 min
This week, Jack examines the quality of resolve and dedication known as adhitthāna, one of the ten pāramitās in the Buddhist tradition.
68 - Path of Joy
Dec 13, 2017 • 62 min
On this episode of the Heart Wisdom Hour, Jack looks at how the depth of meditation leads us on the Bodhisattva path of service, love and joy.
67 - Who Am I?
Nov 17, 2017 • 53 min
On this episode, Jack looks at how the practice of loving-awareness allows a profound shift of identity from a small limited sense of self to one of spacious wisdom.
66 – Levels of Liberation
Nov 2, 2017 • 60 min
This week, Jack examines how the deepening levels of mindfulness and Loving Awareness can free the heart and mind.
65 - Dharma in Uncertain Times with Trudy Goodman
Oct 12, 2017 • 67 min
Jack is joined by Trudy Goodman for discussion about practicing mindfulness and Dharma in uncertain times.
64 - Mystery
Sep 19, 2017 • 60 min
On this episode of Heart Wisdom, Jack embraces the great mystery of life and freedom it offers.
63 - The Perfection of Patience
Sep 1, 2017 • 63 min
This week, Jack reflects on the Ten Perfections of Buddhism and Khanti, the perfection of patience.
62 - Energy to Awaken
Aug 10, 2017 • 58 min
On this episode, Jack helps us find the energy to awaken by exploring the practice of Right Effort.
61 - Letting Go
Jul 19, 2017 • 51 min
On this episode of Heart Wisdom, Jack helps us better navigate the mysteries of life and death by letting go of our attachments.
60 - Vastness and Love
Jun 29, 2017 • 59 min
On this episode of Heart Wisdom, Jack explores the threefold training in Buddhism which shows us the vastness and love within when we quiet ourselves.
59 – A Bodhisattva in the World
Jun 8, 2017 • 59 min
Live from the Spring Insight Meditation Retreat at Spirit Rock, Jack gives us practices to walk our own Bodhisattva path. A Bodhisattva is one who has tread the path to freedom laid out by the Buddha and dedicates their life to sharing that with the…
58 - Frank Ostaseski: Starting with the Fruit
May 18, 2017 • 69 min
Jack is joined live on stage with Frank Ostaseski to talk about rethinking our perspective on life and death and starting with the fruit of practice.
57 - Surprising Delights of Renunciation
Apr 28, 2017 • 67 min
On this episode of the Heart Wisdom podcast, Jack shares the surprising delights of renunciation. It may be difficult to equate happiness and renunciation. This week, Jack helps us realize the surprising delights of renunciation, and where in our life we…
56 - The Joy of Virtue
Apr 3, 2017 • 64 min
This week on Heart Wisdom, Jack discusses the joy of virtue. Virtue is one of the many qualities essential to the awakening of one’s true nature. Jack breaks virtue down to its most fundamental levels and shares the joy of virtue and living a life of…
55 - Seeing Anew
Mar 16, 2017 • 53 min
This week, Jack speaks about renewal and seeing anew. By shifting our perspective on our own experience, we can better understand the world around us. Jack shows the importance of becoming the witness and seeing anew.
54 - The Seat of Awakening
Feb 23, 2017 • 50 min
On this episode of Heart Wisdom, Jack explores what it means to take the seat of awakening. Jack tells the story of the Buddha’s literal and figurative seat of awakening. The seat of awakening is the place from which our spiritual path begins. Jack…
Ep 53 - Wounds and Gifts with Duncan Trussell and Raghu Markus
Feb 2, 2017 • 57 min
Jack sits down with Raghu Markus and Duncan Trussell to talk about finding gifts in suffering that transform how we interact with the world. This podcast was recorded at the 2016 Open Your Heart in Paradise Retreat, where the theme was finding the beloved…
52 - Inspired Leadership
Jan 12, 2017 • 62 min
On this episode, Jack speaks about the different aspects of inspired leadership and how to cultivate them in our lives. Jack explores the natural perfections of the heart and how to listen to the leader inside you. We also hear three stories of inspired…
51 - Identity and Freedom
Dec 21, 2016 • 62 min
Jack delivers a talk on how identity leads us to suffer and shares the Buddha’s path towards freedom from that suffering. The Buddha’s teachings are a path to end suffering. Part of this is our identity, which is caused by our clinging to impermanence.…
50 - The Bodhisattva and the Power of Intention
Dec 1, 2016 • 56 min
On this episode of Heart Wisdom, Jack helps us figure out how to come back to our lives after a retreat, explores the power of intention, and the role of the Bodhisattva.
49 - The Feminine in Buddhism
Nov 10, 2016 • 57 min
This week, Jack discusses the divine feminine along with the past and present roles of women in the Buddhist tradition. We each carry within us both the masculine and feminine nature. Jack explores the Buddha’s teaching on the matter and what it is to…
48 – Tending Yourself, Tending to the World
Oct 20, 2016 • 67 min
In light of the political “bread and circus” happening in America, leading up to the 2016 presidential elections, Jack shares stories and wisdom on the topic of tending ourselves and tending the world. On this episode of Heart Wisdom, Jack explores how…
47 - Nobility and Love
Sep 30, 2016 • 55 min
On this episode of Heart Wisdom, Jack talks about leadership, nobility, and love. American presidents George Washington and Lincoln are used as examples of men who showed true nobility of heart. There is a sense of justice in their words and a kind of…
46 – The Stories We Tell
Sep 7, 2016 • 19 min
Jack’s timeless wisdom leads the way as he responds to a handful of questions concerning some of the common struggles encountered on the human plane. How can we be present with difficult situations without indulging the emotions? The problem often lies…
45 - Stories of an Awakened Heart
Aug 17, 2016 • 30 min
Jack offers tales of tenderness that remind us of the qualities of faith and compassion which move us in the direction of freedom. What resources can we bring to a world of conflict that might allow us to live in the reality of the present with an…
44 - Attachment Revealed
Jul 28, 2016 • 50 min
To create and maintain appropriate boundaries we must first understand what it is as we are approaching attachment, commitment and love. Jack offers a definition and reinterpretation of attachment to represent more compassionate qualities such as…
43 – Respect and Dignity
Jul 6, 2016 • 65 min
Jack offers up several stories to emphasize the ways in which mindfulness consistently returns us to a radical capacity for presence that can truly change our lives for the better. The natural freedom revealed through the quality of compassionate…
42 - The Perfume of Dharma
Jun 2, 2016 • 56 min
A timely discussion about the rapid expansion of mindfulness practice and the importance and value in sharing our own stories for the well-being of others. Using examples from his own experiences in traveling the world, Jack reminds us that awareness, in…
41 - Seeing Anew
Mar 26, 2016 • 54 min
A succinct reminder of the ever-present possibility to step out from the blinders of our ordinary perception, from the fear and anxiety of modern life, and to instead see with eyes of understanding. Through practice we begin to fully grok the necessity…
40 - Buddha’s Last Teachings
Feb 20, 2016 • 65 min
Drawing from Buddhist text, Jack tells the story of the last year of Buddha’s life, and the teachings he imparted to his followers and future seekers on the path. Guidance for practice, and instructions for building and sustaining wise relationships were…
39 - Emptiness and the Power of Love
Jan 22, 2016 • 60 min
An exploration of the ways in which the quiet mind and open heart lead to wisdom, depth, and love. Our practice itself is an act of Love that gives us the ability to be present for all of humanity. Our growing capacity to feel our joys and sorrows allows…
38 - Dark Matters with Duncan Trussell and Dustin Marshall
Jan 8, 2016 • 42 min
Jack sits down with fellow podcast patrons, Duncan Trussell and Dustin Marshall, for an in-depth discussion about navigating some of the darkest corners of the emotional spectrum. We are encouraged to open to Love, despite the innate vulnerability and…
37 - Awakening is Always Possible
Dec 27, 2015 • 61 min
A gentle reminder that the possibility of awakening exists in every moment, and in every circumstance. Liberation comes not through suppression or by fighting against ourselves, but rather by resting where we are, at peace with the world as it is. We can…
36 - The Ten Perfections
Dec 11, 2015 • 58 min
Jack outlines the Ten Perfections within Buddhism that naturally arise in the stillness and steadiness of our practice. These qualities can be developed and applied in any situation and are extremely useful in bringing the path of awakening into everyday…
35 - Wisdom and the Characteristics of Life
Nov 27, 2015 • 58 min
In embracing our humanity, we move into the pure awareness of our own true nature, learning to live wisely and discovering freedom and compassion regardless of circumstance. The path is not about attainment, but rather an opportunity to recognize the…
34 - Emptiness, Creativity, and Joy
Nov 13, 2015 • 40 min
Jack describes the beauty of the awakened mind and heart that arises naturally when we can empty ourselves of the burden of identity. The reality of the present is all there is, and in fully embodying this understanding we move into an open and spacious…
33 - Compassion As We Take Action
Nov 2, 2015 • 40 min
Jack weaves a tender web of allegorical expression regarding our natural call toward compassionate action. We learn to not seek satisfaction in the results, but in the value, rightness and truth of the work itself. We can’t bring the rain, but we can…
32 - The Fruits of Practice
Oct 17, 2015 • 65 min
In practice there is an invitation to shift from the real-time experiences to the spacious and open heart of wisdom, ease, and graciousness. Through dedication to our practice we begin to find the trust necessary to remain present no matter the…
31 - Loving Kindness
Oct 2, 2015 • 58 min
The mysterious quality we call Love involves stepping out of the body of fear and allowing something bigger to be born in us, all the while acknowledging and loving that smaller sense of self. Though we understand it to be our true nature, we must also…
30 - Joys of the Awakened Heart
Sep 18, 2015 • 60 min
In meditation and in our spiritual life there grows a kind of trust in our capacity to open, to change, and to transform no matter the circumstances we face. The shift of identity comes in recognizing that the smaller sense of self is not who we really…
29 - Freedom and the Way It Is (Part 2)
Sep 4, 2015 • 62 min
Jack continues his discourse on the nature of the freedom that is our true being. It does not arrive through the rearranging of circumstance or the discipline of self-improvement, but in the acknowledgment and allowing of all of life’s movements. The aim…
28 - Freedom From the Way It Is (Part 1)
Aug 20, 2015 • 63 min
Freedom is not found in certainty, but in the wisdom that comes from seeing and embracing life as it is. Jack explores the different ways that freedom can be embodied and fully represented through the nobility of Spirit that is born into every being. When…
27 - The Power of Pilgrimage
Aug 7, 2015 • 53 min
Pilgrimage is the journey of renewal, an opportunity to shift and broaden our perspective of the world around us. Through this active form of spiritual practice we are able to step out of the smaller envelope of identity in order to witness and embrace…
26 - When Love Meets Sorrow
Jul 24, 2015 • 56 min
“When Love meets sorrow it becomes compassion” As we become silent we start to awaken to the mystery of this human realm. We begin to open to and acknowledge all of the unfinished business that often permeates our being. Through practice we can learn to…
25 - The Wisdom of Uncertainty
Jul 14, 2015 • 62 min
“What we’re looking for is where we are” - Dharma speaks to the ways in which we choose to navigate the uncertainty of our time on this planet. Can we learn to live in joy amongst all that this great unknowing has to offer? Jack guides us through some of…
24 - Gates of Awakening
Jun 29, 2015 • 56 min
A spacious walk through the shifts of identity that often occur as we move from the smaller sense of self into that place of loving awareness, the ‘one who knows’. This opening can be understood as the entrance point to Awakening. Though it may be…
23 - Garden of the Heart
Jun 15, 2015 • 54 min
Spiritual practice requires of us a kind and devoted attention to the opening of the body as well as the heart. We cultivate the necessary space through a quieting of the mind, and invite a sense of compassion and openness into the heart. We can then…
22 - Bodhisattva
Jun 4, 2015 • 54 min
What attitude can we carry into a world of conflict and difficulty that will allow us to treasure and fully embody the work we do in practice? In this talk, Jack details the teachings of the Bodhisattva - a commitment to the welfare and awakening of all…
21 - What Changes Us
May 19, 2015 • 59 min
The spiritual path seems as much a journey of becoming who we are, rather than attaining some elevated sense of self. But what circumstances must arise in order for us to honor our particular incarnation, and to then do something beautiful with it?…
20 - Poetry and Beauty
May 4, 2015 • 58 min
The heart needs poetry much like the Earth needs rain. It is the music, the harmony, and the bearer of truth throughout our life’s journey. To uncover our poetic sensibility is to begin to find the rhythm of language that matches the beauty of the world…
19 - Buddhist Psychology
Apr 25, 2015 • 62 min
Our experience of life is described as a river that we embody, that we are a part of, rather than simply living in. Awareness is ever-present, as we learn to become mindful of our experiences without becoming lost in them. Our state of mind determines our…
18 - Redemption
Apr 14, 2015 • 40 min
Ancient Buddhist tales of redemption are recounted to encourage our understanding that it is never to late to start anew. The object of meditation is to sit in the midst of this mysterious human incarnation and to hold it with mercy and compassion. We…
17 - Jack and Duncan Trussell Part Deux
Apr 3, 2015 • 60 min
Jack sits down with our podcast guru, Duncan Trussell for part two of their conversation.
16 - Factors of Enlightenment
Mar 23, 2015 • 54 min
Our fundamental wakefulness can be described by certain qualities of enlightenment that speak to our inherent nobility. It is in the remembering of these factors that we can taste the freedom of reconnecting with the openness and luminosity of mind that…
15 - The Awakened Heart
Mar 10, 2015 • 54 min
We all carry questions about our lives and how we might find relief from the struggles we encounter throughout our mysterious incarnations. Who are we and how can we come to understand what it truly means to embody our deeper self? The original nature of…
14 - Simplicity and Sympathy
Mar 2, 2015 • 43 min
The spirit of simplicity, presence and sympathy of heart can carry us through the most difficult and beautiful of times. When we learn to make peace with the way life is, with the understanding that this capacity is our own true nature, then we fully…
13 - Joy and it’s Causes
Feb 16, 2015 • 54 min
Mudita is the joy and happiness experienced for oneself and others. This joy is born into everyone, but is not limited to the innocence afforded in childhood. It is alive in all of us, and mindfulness is the gateway. Meditation allows us to be present for…
12 - The One Who Knows
Jan 26, 2015 • 51 min
Behind all the drama of our lives, there is something unchanging and ever-present, for everyone to discover. Our methods and practices point us in the direction of this awakening, as we move from reaction to compassion. Nothing left out, and no one to…
11 - Freedom of the Heart
Jan 6, 2015 • 42 min
The vastness of the human heart is as timeless as it is profound. No matter the circumstance, we can choose to remain openhearted, knowing that the possibility of freedom is available to everyone.
10 - Nothing Left Out
Dec 23, 2014 • 55 min
‘It’s not the future of humanity, but the presence of eternity’. With this in mind, we begin to understand the necessity for acceptance, in all aspects of our experience. The invitation offered through meditation is all-inclusive; no matter what we carry…
9 - Through the Eyes of Wisdom
Dec 11, 2014 • 40 min
Wisdom is eternally gracious; it sees the world as it is, vast and ever changing. It allows us to become ourselves, to awaken to the actual experience of existence, without getting caught in it. We eventually recognize our shared experience, and a natural…
8 - Transforming Darkness
Nov 25, 2014 • 45 min
In attempting to draw light into our lives, we inevitably encounter the intrinsic darkness that surrounds our existence. Our task, as honorable beings, is to avoid letting the ignorant darkness take over our hearts, while simultaneously not averting our…
7 - Holding Identity Lightly
Nov 18, 2014 • 30 min
Consciousness itself is the witness to our lives, and we are born with it, in its purest form. It knows that what we often identify with is not who we truly are. The practices of compassion, mindfulness and loving awareness invite a profound shift of…
6 - Mental Hygiene with Natasha Leggero
Nov 11, 2014 • 50 min
Jack is joined by actress and comedian, Natasha Leggero, for an enlightening conversation about maintaining composure in seemingly chaotic times. Jack explains that our outer progress must be matched with an inner change in human consciousness; a process…
5 - Trauma and Freedom
Nov 4, 2014 • 48 min
Trauma comes in all shapes and sizes, and as human beings we are all vulnerable to its potential effects. But how can we meet trauma with tenderness and courage? Healing is so often a precursor to the practice of liberation itself, but true release…
4 - Mystery and Compassion
Oct 27, 2014 • 40 min
Jack discusses the fundamental mystery that is our human incarnation, and the methods we can utilize to stay close to that immense presence. Meditation isn’t necessarily about having a mystical experience, but about coming back into the natural mysterious…
3 - Karma and the Power of Intention
Oct 1, 2014 • 48 min
One of the most important tools for navigating through our complicated existence is the understanding of Karma. We consistently create patterns in our lives but often fail to see the cause and effect relationship that unfolds. Karma speaks to the way in…
2 - Spiritual Laundry with Pete Holmes and Duncan Trussell
Sep 29, 2014 • 57 min
Jack sits down with comedians Pete Holmes and Duncan Trussell to discuss a variety of topics including the amorphous construct of our identities, dreams and death, mystical experiences, and the interaction of spirituality with materialism. Jack also…
1 - Impermanence
Sep 25, 2014 • 29 min
In this talk, Jack Kornfield discusses how to navigate change in relation to the Buddhist concept of impermanence. He touches on the importance of meditation in cultivating a healthier perspective toward change. When we are quiet, we can rest in loving…